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Learning objects Kitchen chemistry: solve the mystery: level 1

TLF ID L2369

Test the physical properties of two unknown kitchen substances such as cream or olive oil. See whether they float or sink, foam or dissolve in hot or cold water. Test whether stirring makes a difference. Look up a data table of known properties and identify the unknown kitchen substances. This learning object is one in a series of four learning objects. The series is also packaged as two combined learning objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students observe and record changes that occur when common substances are added to water.
  • Students use data tables to record and retrieve information.
Educational value
  • Introduces flotation, solubility and foaming properties.
  • Demonstrates simple experimental procedures for testing flotation, solubility and foaming properties.
  • Provides data tables for recording results.
  • Challenges students to extract information from a data table.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
    • Science/Simple experiments
    • Science/Physical properties
    • Science/Common substances
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Manly NSW 2795 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Colin Web
    • Organisation: University of Western Sydney
    • Address: Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
    • URL:
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Denis Goodrum
    • Organisation: Australian National University
    • Address: Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: x - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.